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Soldier Field

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Soldier Field Jump:

K-Point: 50 m
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1936
Conversions: 1937, 1938, 1954
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Norge Ski Club

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History:

The first time a ski jumping hill was built at the Soldier Field, the home ground of NFL team Chicago Bears, was in the middle of the 1930's. This made the first ski jumping event in 1936 possible, which was hosted by the Fox River Grove Ski Club, that still exists today and runs its own ski jumping complex. For making a proper use of the ski jump possible, crushed ice instead of snow has been used on the inrun, the landing slope and the outrun, because this would have a higher stability. One year later, the newspaper Chicago Daily Times sponsored a competition that had over 140 competitors and was visited by approximately 60,000 spectators.
In 1938 and 1954 at last, the hill was once again built. It was a 180-foot-high wooden construction by a company named Timber Engineering Company.
At these jumping events not only the distance was important, but more and more they were exciting trick ski competitions. For example there were two jumpers jumping at the same time one beside the other or shortly one after the other.

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